1743 Homann Heirs Map of Black Sea Region (Turkey, Asia Minor, Greece, Crimea)

AsieMinevre-homann-1743
$500.00
Carte de l'Asie Mineure ou de la Natolie et du Pont Euxin, tiree des Voyages et des Observations des Anciens et Modernes.  Asiae Minoris Veteris et Novae, itemque Ponti Euxini et Paludis Maeotidis Mappa val Tabula. - Main View
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1743 Homann Heirs Map of Black Sea Region (Turkey, Asia Minor, Greece, Crimea)

AsieMinevre-homann-1743

Highly decorative mid-18th century map of Turkey.
$500.00

Title


Carte de l'Asie Mineure ou de la Natolie et du Pont Euxin, tiree des Voyages et des Observations des Anciens et Modernes. Asiae Minoris Veteris et Novae, itemque Ponti Euxini et Paludis Maeotidis Mappa val Tabula.
  1743 (dated)     20 x 23.5 in (50.8 x 59.69 cm)     1 : 3300000

Description


This is an attractive 1743 map of Asia Minor by the Homann Heirs. The map depicts Turkey and the regions surrounding the Black Sea including parts of modern day Crimea, Romania, Russia, Ukraine, Georgia and Greece. Centered on the Black Sea, extends south to Cyprus and Crete and north to include the Sea of Azov. Notes the ancient Kingdoms of Asia Minor, many of which were Greek colonies or heavily influenced by Greek culture. These include Mysia, Lycia, Pisidia, Cilicia, Phrygia, Pontus, Lydia, Caria, Thynia, Phrygia Minor, Cappadocia, Armenia Minor, etc.

This region saw the development of currency, the conquest of Troy as well as the construction of three of the Ancient World’s Seven Wonders. Highly detailed, it notes important cities rivers, mountains and a host of other topographical features. A large decorative cartouche in the upper left quadrant includes a description with illustrations of a temple, two warriors and other medieval and classical accents.

This map was drawn by Johann Matthias Haas and issued by Homann Heirs in 1743.

CartographerS


Johann Baptist Homann (March 20, 1664 - July 1, 1724) was the most prominent and prolific map publisher of the 18th century. Homann was born in Oberkammlach, a small town near Kammlach, Bavaria, Germany. As a young man, Homann studied in a Jesuit school and nursed ambitions of becoming a Dominican priest. Nonetheless, he converted to Protestantism in 1687, when he was 23. It is not clear where he mastered engraving, but we believe it may have been in Amsterdam. Homann's earliest work we have identified is about 1689, and already exhibits a high degree of mastery. Around 1691, Homann moved to Nuremberg and registered as a notary. By this time, he was already making maps, and very good ones at that. He produced a map of the environs of Nürnberg in 1691/92, which suggests he was already a master engraver. Around 1693, Homann briefly relocated to Vienna, where he lived and studied printing and copper plate engraving until 1695. Until 1702, he worked in Nuremberg in the map trade under Jacob von Sandrart (1630 - 1708) and then David Funck (1642 - 1709). Afterward, he returned to Nuremberg, where, in 1702, he founded the commercial publishing firm that would bear his name. In the next five years, Homann produced hundreds of maps and developed a distinctive style characterized by heavy, detailed engraving, elaborate allegorical cartouche work, and vivid hand color. Due to the lower cost of printing in Germany, the Homann firm could undercut the dominant French and Dutch publishing houses while matching their diversity and quality. By 1715, Homann's rising star caught the attention of the Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI, who appointed him Imperial Cartographer. In the same year, he was also appointed a member of the Royal Academy of Sciences in Berlin. Homann's prestigious title came with several significant advantages, including access to the most up-to-date cartographic information as well as the 'Privilege'. The Privilege was a type of early copyright offered to very few by the Holy Roman Emperor. Though less sophisticated than modern copyright legislation, the Privilege offered limited protection for several years. Most all J. B. Homann maps printed between 1715 and 1730 bear the inscription 'Cum Priviligio' or some variation. Following Homann's death in 1724, the firm's management passed to his son, Johann Christoph Homann (1703 - 1730). J. C. Homann, perhaps realizing that he would not long survive his father, stipulated in his will that the company would be inherited by his two head managers, Johann Georg Ebersberger (1695 - 1760) and Johann Michael Franz (1700 - 1761), and that it would publish only under the name 'Homann Heirs'. This designation, in various forms (Homannsche Heirs, Heritiers de Homann, Lat Homannianos Herod, Homannschen Erben, etc.) appears on maps from about 1731 onwards. The firm continued to publish maps in ever-diminishing quantities until the death of its last owner, Christoph Franz Fembo (1781 - 1848). More by this mapmaker...


Johann Matthias (Matyhias) Haas (Hasio, Haase) (Latinized as Johannes Hasius) (January 14, 1684 - September 24, 1742) was a German mathematician, astronomer, and cartographer. Haas was born in Augsburg but is known to have held academic positions in Nuremburg, Leipzig and Wittenberg, where he was a professor of mathematics. He produced several maps for the Homann Heirs firm in addition to several publications of his own. Today is memorialized by a crater on the Moon - Hase Crater. Learn More...

Condition


Very good. Minor wear along original centerfold. Minor creasing. Original platemark visible. Minor foxing. Manuscript notes in pencil along left margin, can be easily erased.

References


OCLC: 842521113.